Lars Howlett stands in the center of the new Labrynth he designed for St. Mary's By-The-Sea in Pacific Grove, CA

In this time when we cannot gather in person to pray and worship, it is more important than ever to develop spiritual practices that help us draw closer to God. We have installed a temporary labyrinth on the front lawn that we hope will provide a place and a way to do that, not just for St. Mary’s parishioners but for all who wish to walk.

Labyrinths have been used in many cultures since ancient times. Our labyrinth is modeled after the labyrinth in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France, laid around 1220. The labyrinth can be used as a walking meditation, a spiritual practice or simply an opportunity to calm the mind and enjoy peace, quiet and reflection.

For more information on the labyrinth and how to walk it, click here. You will also find suggestions for using other parts of the St. Mary’s campus to pray and draw closer to God and our neighbors.

If you have questions or would like to make a donation toward a permanent labyrinth installation that could serve our community for years to come, please contact Pastor Kristine.